St Columba's Catholic Primary School


Catholic Character

HomeCatholic Character House Saints

School Houses 

In order to give the senior students opportunities to exercise responsible leadership and to interest all students in school activities, a House System operates at the school. Students have been divided into four houses namely: 

House Captains: To be confirmed for 2016

Patron of young women

Maria Goretti was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950 and Alessandro was present. As a result of this, he repented and later became a Catholic. She was chosen to be the patron of boys and girls, that she might help them to be pure.

·       Maria was born in Italy in 1890

·       She was martyred by a man named Alessandro

·       She forgave her murderer just before she died

·       She asked God to forgive him for what he did

·       Maria died holding the crucifix and a medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary

·       She was only 12 years old  



House Captains: To be confirmed for 2016

Patron of Spanish Catholic Writers

·       Teresa was born in Spain in 1515

·       As a child she loved to read stories about the lives of saints

·       When Teresa was young, she became unwell and was unable to walk.

        She  prayed and was healed.

·       Her mother died when Teresa was 12

·       Teresa joined the Carmelite Order of Sisters

·       Through prayer, work and sacrifice Teresa brought many people to Jesus

·       She wrote in one of her diaries:

"Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid.

All things pass away. God never changes.

Patience obtains everything.

God alone is enough."

·       Teresa died on October 4th, 1582




House Captains: To be confirmed for 2016

Patron of the Falsely Accused

Dominic Savio was made a saint of the Catholic Church and is honoured as the patron of teenagers.

·       Dominic was born in Riva, Italy in 1842

·       He attended Mass often and enjoyed altar serving

·       His school mates liked him because he was very kind and cheerful

·       He studied hard and loved to pray

·       He always chose to do the right thing

·       He was 15 when he died



House Captains: To be confirmed for 2016

·       Gerard was born in Muro, Italy in 1726

·       He was the son of a tailor who died when Gerard was 12

·       He joined the Redemptorist Order at the age of 23

·       He was professed a lay brother in 1752

·       He spent a life in silent prayer and especially praying for pregnant  women

·       He was loving, obedient and a servant for others

·       He died of tuberculosis in 1755 at the young age of 29

·       He said:

         "Here the will of God is done,

          As God wills,

          And as long as God wills."



* Siblings from the same family are placed in the same House.